How do I become a midwife?

“When you destroy midwives, you also destroy a body of knowledge that is shared by women, that can’t be put together by a bunch of surgeons or a bunch of male obstetricians, because physiologically, birth doesn’t happen the same way around surgeons, medically trained doctors, as it does around sympathetic women’ – Ina May Gaskin

The role of a midwife is very diverse and is more than just delivering babies. As a midwife you will be the first point of contact for a woman and her family during her pregnancy, birth and during the postnatal period. As a midwife you are responsible for carrying out clinical examinations, provide health and parent education support and also work in partnership with other health and social services to meet the individual needs of the family.

In order to become a qualified midwife you need to attend an approved midwifery course, which requires that you will need to undertake a degree that is no less than three years. Each university sets its own entry requirements to gain entry to a full time midwifery degree, but as a general guide you’ll need at least 5 GCSE’s graded A- C (Including English and Science) and at least 2 A- Levels, or the equivalent qualifications such as GNVQ’s.

There is no legal minimum age requirement or upper age limit for entry onto pre-registration midwifery programmes.

Having babies happens to all sorts of people, so you will be providing professional support and reassurance to a huge diversity of women, during some of the most emotionally-intense periods in their lives. 
Midwives are the most frequent point of contact for prospective parents, so you must be able to answer their questions, share your knowledge and skills with patients, their families and friends and make sure their needs are recognised by the rest of the team. You need to be a good at listening and communicating with women, their partners and families – so let your personality shine during your interview!

How can I make my application stand out? To make your application stand out you will need to have a good amount of knowledge and understanding of the role you are applying for and One to One recommend looking into the following:

  • Seek out voluntary opportunities at the local acute trusts or contact One to One Midwives to see what voluntary opportunities we have available in your area.
  • Attend open days and open evenings at the university you wish to apply to and find out what they are looking for, talk to other students and gain an understanding of the work load involved
  • Seek out voluntary opportunities with the NCT
  • Read as much as possible
  • Look at the following websites:

How do I prepare for a university interview?

You will always be sent information about your interview prior to you attending, but generally most interviews will involve some form of discussion, group work and role-play. Some universities will also require an English or Maths test to demonstrate a basic understanding of both subjects.

As wellas the above you will also be required to do a one-to-one interview with at least two interviewers and these may include a university lectuirer and a parcticing midwife. To make sure you stand out during the interview make sure you are fully prepared and are well informed about up to date news relating to midwifery and other health care realated issues.

Courses are demanding and it would be beneficial to have a spoken to midwifery students prior to you attending interview, so that you can show an understanding of the balanace required between the academic study and the need to undertake clinical shifts. Time management is incredibly important when beinga midwife!

Good luck on your career of truley being "with woman".